The Chopping Block Recipe

What’s Your Biggest meal?

I promised to post these orange cranberry oat muffins today, but (a) I forgot the hand scribbled recipe on my desk at home and (b) I forgot to plug in my laptop. I just pulled it out of my back pack and I have 1% battery.

Promise to post it tomorrow because if you have leftover cranberries from the holidays, it’s the perfect way to use them up.

You all know I love a picky plate meal – 2 ounces fat free ham (1) eggs, the muffin (3) and probably the sweetest strawberries I’ve ever eaten.

I get a lot of DMs on Instagram and a recurring one is “do you keep nice plates at work?” This is one drawer of my personal stash around the corner from my desk.

I use the measuring cups almost daily and definitely use my knife and cutting board every day. And it’s always nice to have a random can of green beans just in case. 😂

scheduled to be night secretary and hoped I’d be able to make it to The Chopping Block for their open house. The website said there would be tasting samples, so I went with a 1 point lunch.

I only had to work until 6 so it was perfect timing. I love going back to The Chopping Block because it’s my happy place. Maybe when I retire I can go back to work there. Christy was one of my besties there, she was doing a demo of amaranth fritters. Huh. Apparently amaranth is a super food and one I’ve not worked with. The grain is super tiny like corn meal. I am definitely going to recreate these over the weekend.

Christy was making amaranth fritters, and amaranth is a grain I’ve never used and I couldn’t remember if I even had it before.  It was delicious!  It was crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside. These were gluten free and vegetarian.

I love Chicago at night. Since we had temps in the 50s the ice is starting to melt. Don’t worry, it’s Mother Nature’s way of giving us a taste of spring while our high on Saturday will be 10 degrees. That’s January in Chicago for you.

I worked Apple Fest and One if A Kind for The Chopping Block and since I am not on the payroll anymore (I invoice my blog posts for them) they paid me in a generous gift card. I got mineral oil for my Boos cutting board, some cute phot props, a coffee mug for my desk at work and this Lodge cast iron skillet.

Chicago peeps – all bakeware is 20% off the month of January! So this individual skillet was just under $10. Think of the pizza I can make in that. And frittatas!

I only had a taste of vegan mousse and the fritter above so I got snacks for the train ride home. No gummies, chocolate covered pretzels, potato chips, wine or beer were purchased thank you very much. Um, not that I’ve ever purchased any (or all!) of those things for the train ride home before.

I didn’t start making my dinner until 9:15, but this dinner was ready in 10 minutes thanks to cooked baked potatoes in the fridge, leftover Certified Angus Beef roast and green beans.

The pan sauce was 1/2 teaspoon butter, 1 teaspoon flour, 1/3 cup bone broth (you could use beef broth) 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and 1 teaspoon dried rosemary.

The only thing missing was mushrooms! But they had gotten moldy because someone (ahem Hannah) left them on the counter.

Beef with Mushroom Gravy
Dinner was 10 points – 6 points for the beef, 1 for the sauce and 3 for the potatoes.

Which brings me to my blog post question – what is your biggest meal of the day? Mine is obviously dinner, and since I eat so late I wonder if it’s a good idea to eat a meal like that above and go to bed an hour later. Does it matter when you eat as long as I am within my point range??

Curious minds want to know. 🙌🏻

Happy Thursday – make it a great day!

Ha, I didn’t realize I never mentioned this, but I saw this on Instagram and can’t wait to recreate this healthy dessert, doesn’t it look delicious?!!

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  • Reply
    January 11, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Hi Biz,

    My biggest meal is at dinner time as well, generally around 7, so not as late as you. I do feel if I eat any earlier than that I start looking for snacks! So, I stick with my 7ish time. I think if you are losing successfully in the way you are dong it now, then keep on going. If you stall, then perhaps you can rethink your eating times. That gravy looks incredible! I think I may have even drooled:)

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      January 11, 2018 at 8:47 pm

      I think deep down I think “what if I don’t have any points left in the day?” I am eating during the day, but I think you have the right idea – I’ve only really been “back on” since December 31, so I’ll see what the scale shows.


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    January 11, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Your dinner looks delicious. I’d say that’s 10 points well spent. My biggest meal is dinner as well.

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      January 11, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Kathy! You can never go wrong with beef 😀

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    January 11, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I like to go down to the dining room with mom mid day to eat “dinner” but she prefers to eat around 530 so it is a toss up.I just got on scale☺🤥, down over 4 lbs so far.

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      January 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      That’s awesome Laura!!

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    January 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Your dinner looks so good! I kind of want that right now lol. And where on Instagram is that banana boat parfait from??
    I record everything on My Fitness Pal (I’ve logged in over 800 days in a row there!) and my meals are actually labelled One, Two, and Three. I don’t eat breakfast until noon or later, then meal two around 5ish. During tree work season, we don’t eat dinner until 9 or 10! So I’d say Meal Two has the most calories.
    Love your Chicago photos

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      January 11, 2018 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Mary! I can usually go only until about 11 without eating before I hit a wall.

      I just realized that all the pictures are messed up in this post 🙁 I blogged from my phone 😛

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    January 12, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Okay-this cracks me up every time so I have to tell you–on your Bookmarks there is a blog called: “Good Eats Girl – She Loves Spicy Shit Like Me” … except the “Shit Like Me” is on its own line and I kept thinking “WHO has a BLOG called “SHIT LIKE ME!”?? WTH? Is it a blog for people who have chronic constipation?” Finally, one day I REALIZED it was line 2 to be attached from the above line and LMAO!!!!!

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    January 16, 2018 at 10:11 am

    i have been intermittent fasting so i usually eat a big lunch, boston market or moes or bring my own, then that’ll last me until i have dinner before 7pm

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